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1Back to top Go down    Riding gear on Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:25 pm

Woodie

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Other than a nice modular helmet I haven't made any kind of riding gear purchases.  I can appreciate the need for something that will provide protection in a (hopefully never again) crash but I haven't seen anything that I find really compelling.  Now that summer is here it is very tempting to hit the road in a t shirt and my typical pair of jeans.

Is there anything that is cool to ride in, discrete in appearance and still capable of offering a decent level of protection?  Ideally it will be something that will coordinate well with my Blundstone steel toed motorcycle boots.  Very Happy  I have looked at the Bohn undergarment top and bottom.  That would sort of be the direction I would prefer to head in but I am basing that on no actual experience.

98% of my riding is a daily two way rural commute.  I would love it if you could share your experience and choices.

Thanks, Andrew


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2Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:07 pm

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Last year I bought an Olympia Motoquest Jacket when Bob's in Maryland USA was closing them out at major discount because Olympia discontinued that model. Go to Revzilla and view the Olympia Expedition jacket video. It's length is shorter but its major features—minus three pockets and a hydration sack—are the same. It's still a popular model. I came through a blowing thunder shower today dry as unbuttered toast.

It's a "system." Every component works as advertised. I'm satisfied. The ventilation options make it comfortable in hot weather, and when its rain jacket is worn over it. It's got a lot of zippers—I've found ~23 on mine so far—so it leaks some air during cold rides but the lightweight jacket makes it comfortable.

Mine's an odd duck of a jacket—long cut and Scream Green—but I'm glad to use it. If it is ever stolen by some colorblind pervert, I think I'll try some gear from Motoport in California. I'd rather use the money for fuel though. Smile


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:44 pm

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Thanks Laitch.  Do you use anything to protect your legs?


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4Back to top Go down    Riding Gear on Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:49 am

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Personally, when I go for more than a short hop, I have a few bits of gear I protect myself with.

Makers I prefer:

Field Shear, First Gear, River Road & Icon are brands I shop for.

Always watching for close-out prices.
Paying full retail takes too much away from my "Fuel For Fun" budget.

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Troy

    

5Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:09 pm

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http://www.motorcyclegear.com/


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86 Custom K100 (K75C fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, 32/10 final drive)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
93 K1100RS
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT
91 K1
93 K75S
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6Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:05 am

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For any long distance riding I prefer to wear well designed riding boots that offer good ankle support. Those Blundstone motorcycle boots have elastic sides. Firstly, no support. Secondly, they'll likely come off when you go for a slide, particularly if it's a violent one. Steel caps are not needed for riding safety. If you google 'motorcycle foot injuries' you'll think hard about what you wear on your feet while riding. Foot and leg injuries are the most common injuries suffered by /c riders.

ATGATT


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
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7Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:20 am

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Steel-toed boots can be more dangerous than regular boots in certain situations. They're good if you drop stuff on your toes but will bend and cut off your toes if subjected to significant force.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (K75C fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, 32/10 final drive)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
93 K1100RS
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT
91 K1
93 K75S
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8Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:33 pm

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For boots I swear by Daytona Road Stars. The price can be frightening but they are handmade, supremely comfortable and waterproof!!! They are internally armoured and have specific ankle support. I've had two pairs now; the first pair got beaten up in a high-speed crash but my feet never even knew they'd been in an accident.

My trousers are Rukka Armaxions or a pair of Hein Gericke Master VI. In both cases they are fully armoured around the shins and hips. The Hein Gerickes took the impact of the crash very well and apart from some obvious surface marks, I just needed to replace the left hip armour. The original was a flattened mess...

Jacket: a Hein Gericke Master V and a Master VI. Both are waterproof (if looked after correctly) and both are armoured around the elbows, shoulders and spine. The Master VI shrugged off last year's crash with just a few scrape marks.

Helmet: Shoei Neotec. The previous one was a Shoei RF-1100 which took a punch in the crash.

Gloves: whatever takes my fancy at the time but they have to be armoured and waterproof.

I walked away after a 55mph get-off on a combination of diesel and black ice, simply because my clothing had done what it was designed to do and taken the sting out of the impact.


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9Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:21 am

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Thank you all.  My choice of footwear is not based on anything related to riding a bike.  I'm in construction and steel toed leather boots are the only things I've had on my feet for years  Smile

The vast majority of my riding is, and will be, hopping on the bike for a 25 min ride to work (repeat in reverse 9 hrs later).  I realise that the same amount of protection is required whether you are riding 5 mns or 5 days.  

Has anyone tried the under garment protection or know anyone who has?  There are so many choices with all the gear types and with the cost of it all I don't want to buy something that is just a waste of money because it won't work or it is garbage to begin with.

Black ice Dai?  That's got to be one helluva story!


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10Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:46 am

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I agree with Duck on the boots, but the construction boots are designed to take a huge top weight before any bending takes place. A crash that can bend them I suspect would be one that's not ending well in other ways. Only some have the side and extremely important ankle protection you need on the bike.

My last boots, bought in April, Alpinestars 'Andes' I find to be rather nice and waterproof for very reasonable money. What kills the boots is walking in them, the flexing at critical points causes them to wear and stretch at the seams. Always worth having a pair of shoes to take boots off.

ATGATT too.


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11Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:05 am

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I have a new pair of Five winter gloves. Well insulated and waterproof. They seemed pretty thick at first and I found them a little difficult operating handlebar controls but they soon wore in. Very comfortable and warm with good knuckle protection. They're fairly pricey but I got mine at a very good discount.
http://five-gloves.com/glove/wfx-tech-wp/


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
     Fuel:  95 Octane
Engine Oil: Nulon Full Synthetic 15W50
Gear Box Oil:  Nulon Synthetic 75W90
    

12Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:34 am

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You pulling me leg or are they really waterproof mate. It's something I've never seen or had.


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13Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:03 am

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Well mate, only time will tell. But they have a Hipora waterproof lining, double cuff and Thinsulate lining inside for warmth. I've ridden with them in the rain on my trip recently from Northern NSW back down to Sydney. No problems but lets see how they go down the track.

I can't say the same for my Bell RS-1 helmet which is leaking through one of the top vents onto my face. Bell has tried to fix it but its going back.


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
     Fuel:  95 Octane
Engine Oil: Nulon Full Synthetic 15W50
Gear Box Oil:  Nulon Synthetic 75W90
    

14Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:37 am

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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (K75C fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, 32/10 final drive)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
93 K1100RS
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT
91 K1
93 K75S
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

15Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:47 am

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World Naked Bike Ride


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
     Fuel:  95 Octane
Engine Oil: Nulon Full Synthetic 15W50
Gear Box Oil:  Nulon Synthetic 75W90
    

16Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:38 pm

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@Woodie wrote:Black ice Dai?  That's got to be one helluva story!
http://www.k100-forum.com/t10723-tough-old-boots

I only mention diesel in the story because it wasn't until a while afterwards that I figured out there had to be a patch of black ice before the patch of diesel. I remembered Mr.VeryNicePlod trying to walk up the hill and realising that there wasn't much grip to be had on the road at all. Something in that scene must have struck me as being a bit odd because it stood out from everything else going on around me. A few days later the wee hamsters in my head must have run far enough to start the light glowing because I realised he was on the other side of the road from the patch of diesel.


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17Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:30 pm

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@Holister wrote:World Naked Bike Ride
AARHG my eyes my eyes thanks mate I really needed to have those flabby bums imprinted on my brain. Laughing


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18Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:32 am

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This would certainly be helpful when it is stupid hot out and all the kids are doing it, it seems.  At least on one day of the year anyway.


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19Back to top Go down    Re: Riding gear on Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:21 am

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@RicK G wrote:
@Holister wrote:World Naked Bike Ride
AARHG my eyes my eyes thanks mate I really needed to have those flabby bums imprinted on my brain. Laughing
Hehe... I should've put a warning in there.


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1988 K100RT     VIN No.  0094680
1989 K100RT     VIN No.  0097367 (naked)  
1996 K1100RS   VIN No.  0451808
     Fuel:  95 Octane
Engine Oil: Nulon Full Synthetic 15W50
Gear Box Oil:  Nulon Synthetic 75W90
    

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